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Shaw Nielsen for Dewar’s

Shaw Nielsen teamed up with Dewar’s to create colorful animations for this past Father’s Day.

The short GIFs feature men performing fatherly duties like mowing the lawn, fixing a car and barbecuing, all while enjoying a nice glass of Dewar’s Scotch.

Shaw is represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp. See more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at

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Shaw Nielsen: FirstBank/TDA

FirstBank just released a hilarious, print & social campaign, featuring illustrations by Shaw Nielsen, that aims to educate its customers on mobile banking safety and etiquette.

In the campaign titled, “You can bank anywhere, but don’t”, characters are shown using their mobile banking apps in inappropriate locations, such as during a wedding and at a funeral.

Shaw is represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp. See more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at

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Tribute to Jack Davis by RappArt

This original post first appeared on the RappArt blog here.

“We at RappArt are deeply saddened by the passing of Jack Davis, who quietly left this world at age 91 on July 27th. Jack began a long and close relationship with our agency in 1979, but his achievements and influence spanned several generations. We expect he will continue to inspire young illustrators for years to come. Jack continued to accept commercial assignments until 2014, despite increasingly failing health. We all chuckle at the memory of finding six or eight pages of faxed sketches that needed to be tiled together to share with the client. Clients were of course thrilled to receive an original Jack Davis drawing, and even more excited when his original painting arrived. Please enjoy our brief retrospective of his illustrative career.

Jack is probably best known for his work in Mad Magazine, in which he was a founding member of ‘The Usual Gang of Idiots’. His work appeared in almost every issue for the next four decades.

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Jack’s MAD work was predated by his early 50s contributions to EC comics for such infamous titles as Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror, Frontline Combat and Two-Fisted Tales.


His talent for celebrity caricatures spawned fruitful assignments for numerous publications such as Time and TV Guide. His 1976 Time cover rings true today.


He also became renowned for his humorous depictions of sports, particularly football and golf (Jack was
an avid golfer).

Movie studios took notice too, hiring him for poster campaigns for such classic films as “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad,
Mad, Mad World” (1963), Woody Allen’s “Bananas” (1971), and “The Bad News Bears” (1976), among others.

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By the late 70s he was regularly commissioned by agency and editorial art directors who grew up with MAD.


Even when Jack slipped away from his drawing board to play golf, perilously close to a deadline, he always came through with beautiful work. He made it look so effortless, but at his peak, no one could touch him. His later years were highlighted by appearances at book signings, speaking engagements and gallery shows, which were avidly attended by longtime fans. By 2014, failing health compelled Jack to put away his brushes for good, though he never lost his passion for drawing.

Despite such a prolific and varied career, Jack Davis remained warm, humble and self-effacing, often wondering what all the fuss was about. Nevertheless, it’s safe to say he felt deeply gratified that so many people appreciated his work – one of the most celebrated and influential legacies of 20th century illustration.”


Mad Magazine cartoonist Jack Davis attends an event in his honor by the Savannah College of Art and Design and the National Cartoonists Society, Friday, Oct. 11, 2011 in Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

Jon Reinfurt for Teaching Tolerance

Here’s a recent piece by Jon Reinfurt for Teaching Tolerance magazine on the topic of expanding students understanding of different cultures and experiences by exposing them to foreign films.

Jon is represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp. View more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at



Shaw Nielsen – BizEd

Shaw Nielsen created artwork for BizEd magazine, to go along with an article about how college professors should utilize cell phones as a teaching platform for millennials.

About Shaw
Shaw is an illustrator that creates content for both adults and children featured in magazines, ads, posters and newspapers all over the world. He extensively studied illustration in both San Francisco and Colorado; and his hard work has paid off as he has been featured in Communication Arts3×3 magazine, HOW magazine and has been honored by the Alliance of Illustrators and the Art Directors Club. His client list includes names like AARP, Billboard, Smithsonian, IBM, and Disney, amongst many others.

Shaw is represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp. View more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at

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DI Artists Featured in Communication Arts Illustration Annual 57

Featured Image: ©Olaf Hajek

The results are in! We’re proud to share that 9 Directory of Illustration artists were chosen as winners in Communication Arts’ 57th Annual Illustration competition.

Only 167 winning projects were selected this year, representing the work of 145 artists, from 3,973 entries submitted, making this the most exclusive major illustration competition in the world! The distinguished panel of jurors included Joel Arbez, Group Creative Director/Head of Art at Grey Toronto, Monte Beuchamp, Founder/Art Direct at BLAB!, Shanti Marlar, Creative Director at The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard, Jose Reyes, Founder/Creative Director at Metaleap Creative, and illustrator/designer Ellen Weinstein.

“I saw lots of wonderful, inspiring artwork. When illustrators are being true to themselves and their work, it just stands out and feels complete.” – Juror Shanti Marlar

A big congratulations to all the winners!

Check out our artists’ projects below, and see the complete winner’s gallery here.

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©Curtis Parker|Category: Advertising

©Illaad Goudappel

©Aad Goudappel|Category: Editorial

©Jeff Wack

©Jeff Wack|Mendola Artists|Category: Advertising

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©Olaf Hajek|Category: For Sale, Institutional

Nigel Buchanan: New York Observer

Nigel Buchanan‘s illustration of Kenneth Feinberg was used for the cover of the March 14 edition of New York Observer. The image also appeared on the magazine’s website accompanying an article titled, “Meet Ken Feinberg, the Master of Disasters”.

Nigel is represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp. Visit his Directory of Illustration portfolio or to see more of his work.

Chi Birmingham: How to Control the Weather

Chi Birmingham illustrated a spread for Mental Floss titled, How to Control the Weather. The article offers a brief look at the enterprising rainmakers of the past two centuries.

Chi is represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp. More of his work can be seen through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at

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Shaw Nielsen: Welcome Home Carla

Welcome Home Carla is an educational children’s book illustrated by Shaw Nielsen for Junior Achievement. The story follows a little girl throughout a the day as she does chores around the house to earn money to throw a welcome home party for her best friend Carla who is returning home from summer camp.

Shaw Nielsen’s work for both adults and children has appeared in magazines, advertising, posters, and newspapers around the world.  He is represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp. See more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at

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Compelling Covers from the Rapp Artists

RappArt is well known for having a strong portfolio of conceptual artists suitable for editorial projects, but many of the same artists have completed terrific publishing assignments as well!

RappArt has a range of possibilities with assignments that have included covers for trade fiction, YA, and fantasy. Check out a few of them below.

Explore more of RappArt’s illustrators and styles through their Directory of Illustration portfolio and website.

Stephanie Dalton Cowan


Robert Neubecker


Dan Page


John S. Dykes


-Via the RappArt Blog